First Grif­fin 16 win for Sorsby in dra­matic fi­nal

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AN­DREW Sorsby claimed his first Grif­fin 16 vic­tory as he beat Ray Whit­wam in a dra­matic fi­nal.

Sorsby, who had over­come Howard Jones 21-11 in the first round and Mick Hig­gins 21-13 in the sec­ond, raced into a 9-0 lead in the fi­nal.

Whit­wam, who has won sev­eral times at the Grif­fin, got on the board, but Sorsby’s lead soon turned into 13-3. His first vic­tory was look­ing in­evitable.

But Whit­wam wasn’t fin­ished as he showed his ex­pe­ri­ence on the green.

As the light faded, his lead­ing was on point and he found him­self back in the game at 16-15 down and, in no time at all, looked the favourite as he took the lead 18-17.

But Sorsby hit straight back and played three fan­tas­tic ends to get over the line and pick up the £70 first prize and first vic­tory on the Grif­fin.

There were some no­table wins from the first round in­clud­ing Craig Gant beat­ing spon­sor Mick Pol­lard to three. Terry Brook, play­ing off mi­nus one due to his Grif­fin 16 win a cou­ple of weeks ago, edged past Nicky White 21-19.

In a pre­view of what was to come, Whit­wam came from 20-17 down to beat Robert Mudd, then Ron­nie Wormald, who car­ried a bucket of wa­ter around with him to clean his slip­pery bowls af­ter each end, man­aged a 21 break af­ter win­ning the toss to run out 21-0 win­ner against Ge­orge Fel­lows.

In the sec­ond round, Dun­can Reeves played con­sis­tently well over dis­tance to put out Craig Gant to 15. Whit­wam once again dug him­self out of a hole, this time get­ting home from 20-18 down against Mark Wood. Brook put an end to Wormald’s run with a tight­ly­con­tested 21-18 win.

At the semi-fi­nal stage Sorsby and Reeves lay 15 across, while Whit­wam and Brook were level at 11s. From there, though, Sorsby strung four good ends to­gether to get past Reeves 21-15 and reach his first fi­nal at the Grif­fin. Whit­wam also had a good run, tak­ing him to 18-11 against the in-form Brook, be­fore get­ting over the line 21-16.

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